The fifth and final round of another COVID-interrupted Interclub season was held in June – the reserve day on the calendar. The conditions were better than average in what has been a very wet month. A couple of early showers had players scurrying for brollies and raincoats, but they were only brief and most of the day was fine and sunny.
It was not the closest end result we’ve had, but this has been a very competitive season throughout. Coming into the deciding round, all of the top positions were up for grabs and five clubs were still a mathematical chance to take the title. However, Eastern Suburbs had put themselves in the box seat in Round 4. This time they missed out on the podium positions, but two teams in the top six earned them enough points to hold on to their advantage. Congratulations ESP on your fourth consecutive championship title.
Top honours on the day went to Gavin Scott, Ha Nguyen & Van Nguyen. This gives Ha a gold medal and a silver from her first two Interclub appearances – not a bad start. The resultant championship points helped Prospect narrow the gap to ESP and comfortably see off all the other challengers for second place.
In the end, it was the battle for third on the ladder that turned out to be the closest contest. Adelaide Hills were eyeing off their third top-three finish in a row, while Club d’Adelaide were trying to protect their perfect record of top-three finishes since the inception of the League. However, the host club had other ideas…
Two teams on the podium, three teams in the top 5, five teams in the top 11, whichever way you look at it the day was a triumph for the Novar Gardens club. It was their most successful Interclub day so far and to finish the season in third spot is also their best ever result. In six short years, the Supernovars have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
Bringing in the big points for the club on this occasion were the silver medallists, Kathy Gepp, Miriam Peik & Roland Peik, and the bronze medallists, Judy Whiteaker, Giselle Whiteaker & Jean-Luc Gonnet. Making their first appearance on the podium, Kathy, Miriam, Roland and Giselle were just some of the Novar players who attained new personal-best results on the day. Congratulations to you all.
Just as important were the other club members, the Novar Gardens volunteers, particularly those who didn’t play but gave up their day to keep everything running smoothly. Thank you. We are all very grateful for what this club, now widely recognised as the best pétanque venue in Australia, has brought to the SA pétanque community.
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